While Suzuki didn’t bring any new models to the United States last year, the Japanese company seems set on making up for that cardinal sin this year, and is now confirming that the 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA, the fully-faired Bandit, is coming to the USA. We had originally speculated that the 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA would make an appearance eventually in the US, and it turns out we only had to wait 365 days for that to occur. Patience is a virtue, right?
Suzuki announced the American launch of the GSX1250FA at the 2010 Suzuki Dealer Meeting in Las Vegas this week, and expects the full fairing Bandit to hit dealer floors in January 2011. If you prefer your Bandits to have a little bit more modesty, and to be covered up more, we think we have the bike for you.
Sporting ABS (isn’t everybody for 2011?) and an adjustable seat (20mm of adjustment), Suzuki hopes the 2011 GSX1250FA will be an apt sport-tourer, and with a price starting at $11,599 MSRP, a very affordable sport-tourer at that. Fuel capacity will be 5 gallons (4.9 gallons for the California model), which should help for those longer rides. Also the same 1255cc inline-four Bandit motor can be found in the 567lbs chassis, making the 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA a bit of a porker, but still with some punch.
The GSX1250FA will have to compete with 2010 Honda VFR1200F and 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000, which may be asking a lot from the aging Bandit platform, but considering the cult following the Bandit has gained over the years, we think Suzuki will still make a buck or two off the new bike.
Technical Specifications of the 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA:
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC Inline Four
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 64.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Final Drive: Chain
Front Suspension: 43mm fork, 5.1 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock, adjustable for preload, 5.4 inches travel
Front Brakes: Dual 310mm disc, four-piston calipers Rear Brakes: Single 240mm disc, single-piston calipers
Fuel Tank: 5.0 gallons
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Seat Height: 31.7 inches / 32.5 inches
Curb Weight: 567 pounds